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12/23/2013

The Food and Drug Administration issued Dec. 20 a proposed rule that would require the largest food businesses in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the target of intentional attempts to contaminate the food supply.

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An EU press release states that in recent years Brazil has increased its use of the tax system to provide advantages to domestic industries and shelter them from competition, primarily through selective exemptions or reductions from taxes on domestic goods.

12/23/2013

A semiannual report released Dec. 18 finds that G-20 member countries imposed more new trade restrictions over the last six months despite their pledge to refrain from such measures through 2016 and to roll back any new restrictions that have arisen in the aftermath of the global economic downturn.

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12/20/2013

Under the new GSP, which was announced in October 2012, benefits will be limited to those countries most in need and more support will be provided to those that are serious about implementing international conventions on human rights, labor rights, the environment and good governance.

12/20/2013

Congressional sources have confirmed that Baucus will be succeeded as head of the Senate’s chief trade policy committee by Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

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The new effort, which involves EU member states France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and will begin with an 18-month pilot phase, provides a mechanism to conduct joint facility inspections around the world.

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BIS states that these changes will enhance its ability to verify the bona fides of parties to exports, reexports or transfers (in-country) of commodities, software and technology subject to the EAR and provide increased visibility into such transactions involving persons whose bona fides cannot be verified.

12/19/2013

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Dec. 17 that a bank has agreed to remit $32,400 to settle charges that it did not do enough to prevent financial transactions involving a blocked company and individual.

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12/18/2013

The Food and Drug Administration is requesting comments no later than June 16, 2014, on a proposed rule that would require manufacturers of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes to demonstrate via clinical studies that their products are safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections.

12/18/2013

New senior officials who will influence the Obama administration’s trade policy moved toward taking up their positions this week, while an agriculture negotiator announced plans to leave.

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12/17/2013

Press reports state that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., have reached agreement on principles underlying a trade promotion authority bill, but few details are yet available.

12/17/2013

The Court of International Trade ruled Dec. 13 that a yarn importer does not have standing to challenge a classification that gives it a favorable duty rate but could negatively impact its sales to garment manufacturers.

12/17/2013

The Wassenaar Arrangement, a group of 41 countries focused on export controls for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technology, agreed at its Dec. 3-4 annual plenary meeting in Austria on new export controls on cybersecurity technologies that under certain conditions may be detrimental to international and regional security and stability.

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12/16/2013

The Commission states that this proposal would ensure that violations of the updated Union Customs Code, which sets forth the customs rules and procedures that will be applied throughout the EU beginning in 2016, are properly and more uniformly penalized.

12/16/2013

Citing what it calls CBP’s “inconsistent, incomplete and at times even incomprehensible” reasoning, the court vacated 38 penalty cases totaling more than $37 million and directed the district court to enjoin CBP from penalizing Union Pacific for illegal drugs found on railcars that UP neither controls nor owns.

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12/13/2013

Among the potential deals is a bilateral investment treaty, which Moscow believes could be wrapped up within the next year, and pacts on regulations and standards, which could take up to five years.

12/13/2013

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to launch Jan. 13 a two-year test of the partner government agency message set, which will allow the trade community to electronically submit required data for importations regulated by PGAs that has heretofore been submitted on paper forms.

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12/12/2013

Members of chambers of commerce in more than 30 countries met in Paris recently for the latest in a series of dialogues on recent developments in certificates of origin, including electronic COs, the issuance of preferential COs and self-certification.

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